Outstanding facilities

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support – and the freedom to do things your own way.

Top-rated library services

There are five sites with library facilities across the University and you’ll have access to all of them.

Western Bank Library, the Information Commons and The Diamond are all on campus. The Health Services Library has facilities at the Royal Hallamshire and the Northern General Hospitals.

Joint first for library services: Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017

Our library services were placed joint first out of 122 institutions nationally in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017. In the National Student Survey 2016 our library services had a high satisfaction rate of 92 per cent.

Libraries and IT services that work around you

Study spaces and computers are available around the clock to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus.

Exterior shot of The Diamond showing students, bikes and blue sky

Students studying at Western Bank library. Photo by ES Kwon

Inside the Information Commons

Inside The Diamond

The Diamond

The Diamond is open round the clock and is unrivalled for its innovation in study facilities. You’ll have access to digital resources, the most in-demand text books and over 1,000 study spaces. The Diamond also features sector-leading creative media facilities, including private editing booths and a full TV studio. It has some of the best engineering teaching spaces in the UK.

The Information Commons

The Information Commons is also open all day every day. It has 1,300 study spaces, extensive technology support and a high-demand collection of 120,000 volumes. The Diamond and the Information Commons are great places to meet up and work together.

Western Bank Library

Western Bank Library offers study spaces designed to inspire your best work, houses extensive research collections and has late opening throughout the year.

The grade II listed building is also home to our Special Collections and National Fairground and Circus Archive.

Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library (HSL), at the heart of the medical school, offers a large discipline-based collection and a range of study spaces for independent and group study.

It has facilities at the Royal Hallamshire and the Northern General Hospitals.

The University's library facilities


A supportive learning environment

Books and other learning resources, where and when you need them

We have an extensive collection of e-Books and other forms of learning resources relating to your study, available to access anytime, anywhere. We will renew your books automatically, if they are not requested by others, and work with a no-fines policy, counting on you to respect the needs of others.

24-hour learning spaces

You'll find student-led study spaces in buildings all around campus, each configured differently to meet the diverse needs of individual students and groups. Our online directory of all learning spaces will help you identify the perfect space for your study needs.

Student in library

IT support at the Information Commons

The support you need, when you need it

The University Library works closely with academic departments to ensure that the resources to support your learning are in place.

We have a liaison librarian for every subject area, from aerospace engineering to urban studies. So when you need advice and guidance you can talk to someone who understands your discipline.

Outstanding IT support for you

All our learning spaces have high-speed, secure wi-fi to let you connect your own laptops and phones.

We also provide desktop or laptop computers for students to use. We even provide a University software download service that lets you install Microsoft Office and Adobe products, including Photoshop, onto your own computer.

Students with laptop

Students' Union

Our virtual learning environment

Not all learning takes place during office hours. Along with our 24-hour learning spaces we have 24-hour online services, including our virtual learning environment where you will find course notes, lecture recordings, assignments and other resources to help you study.

Our whole service provision is designed to let you work and study effectively from any computer in any location, in whatever work pattern is best for you.

Academic skills development and support

Your course will provide you with opportunities to develop a variety of academic skills, and these will also be valuable beyond your degree studies.

In addition to the opportunities built into your course, the academic skills development centre – 301 – is open to all students. It's relevant whether you need additional help with an aspect of your studies, for example statistics, mathematics, or research methods, or if you want to extend your skills to get the most out of your studies.

Learn a new language

If you have a free module choice, you can take a course in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish or another language at our Modern Languages Teaching Centre.

The courses are at different levels and open to all students. Our Self-Access Centre has a range of resources, including satellite channels and PCs, so you can also learn a language independently or just do a bit more in your own time.

Languages at the University, Jessop West

A growing community

We're investing in the buildings on our campus to make sure you have access to the best facilities.

Our award-winning Students' Union recently had a £5 million renovation and we've also refurbished the neighbouring building to create a combined space with top–class services and facilities for staff, students and visitors.

Our Management School has moved into a redesigned and refurbished 21st-century research and learning environment. And we have two new major buildings with flexible study facilities: the Pam Liversidge Building for engineering and The Diamond, with innovative study spaces and resources for all students.

Student support services

How our experts will support you throughout your time at university.

Support services